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I tried this new to me series because it was on a list at my local library for books to read if you liked The Mitford series. This book is set in the south (North Louisiana), focuses on publishing a small town local newspaper and has a varied and believable cast of characters.
To me, the series ended up being very different from the Mitford books. For example, in Gone to Green the author will say they had dinner and occasionally mention the food they ate. However, in Mitford Karon describes the trip to the market, the buying of the food, the preparation, the cooking, the recipes and how it all tasted. The quirkiness, silly antics and detailed love of food from Mitford are missing in Gone to Green.
In addition, I thought at times the degree of change that main character Lois was able to create as an outsider in her new community might have been a bit too quick and easy. That said--I still liked the story. To me the book was a positive listen. Christie turns a sharp eye on local corruption, poverty and community inequality while delivering a message of hope and possibility. This is a strong title in the Religious Inspirational genre. Well written and nicely narrated with an upbeat tone. Maybe not Mitford--but I think Gone to Green stands well on its own.
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Thoroughly enjoyed. Was able to connect with the characters. Enjoyed the storyline and it kept my interest.
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